19:45, Tue 3rd – Sat 7th May 2005 at ADC Theatre
Easter Week 1
Albee returns to the land of middle class suburban America which he explored to such biting effect in his classic, 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?'. The Pulitzer-Prize winning 'A Delicate Balance' is a caustically funny and moving exploration of love, compassion and the bonds of friendship and family. Agnes and Tobias, a middle-aged couple, are engaged in a battle of wills with Agnes' sister Claire, a self-professed drunk, and their daughter Julia, who has returned home after a fourth failed marriage. Their equilibrium is further jeopardised by the sudden arrival of their best friends, Edna and Harry, a couple seeking refuge in an already threatened home.
At once horribly tragic and wonderfully funny, the play further explores the American drama ideas of truth, illusion and secrecy. Fueled by alcohol and pure vitriol the characters embark on a tirade of accusation and humiliation, revealing the emotional savagery of suburbia and the psychological terror of empty lives.